Baskar Raj, Chief Technology Officer at Euronet Worldwide
Traditional IT infrastructure requires specific skilled resources to manage because its complex in nature. This leads
to high cost of operations that keeps increasing over years. One of the challenges that most of the enterprises face today is to achieve a high degree of flexibility and as a faster time to market. These challenges are increasing the pressure on CXOs and hence businesses with traditional setup struggle to launch new products & services ahead of their competition.
Open data center and networks provide a highly flexible, scalable and a reliable infrastructure. Deploying and managing this Infrastructure is easy compared to the deployment of traditional IT infrastructure. Since the overall complexity is reduced in terms of provisioning and support, with around 90% of the work being completed by the first level support resources, overall cost of management is reduced.
The Open Data Center solution stack is based on Software Defined approach and comprises of compute, storage, network, and cloud elements that provide the following benefits,
· Faster go to market
· Highly scalable solutions with rapid provisioning
· Better Operational Efficiency with Cost Optimization
It is always a difficult task to defy conventional approaches and being an early adopter of newer technologies is always a challenge. There will always be difficulties in terms of implementation and stabilization of the new beast such as skill availability issues with the vendors or service providers. But being an early adopter of this solution will ensure that we are ahead of the curve and help us be a successful referral for these technologies.
What we expect from Systems Integrators and OEMs is to provide the confidence by showcasing a simulated environment and also successfully demonstrating proof of concepts. Systems Integrators who can showcase their solutions in their labs will definitely have a competitive edge.
While technologies such as Open Data Center, Software Defined Network, and Openstack etc have been very well adopted in US and European market, we Indians are very conservative and would like to ensure that we put in our money where it is valued. I believe it will take another 2-3 years for these kind of technologies to mature in this country.
Technologies like MPLS, Virtualization, and Cloud had followed a similar adoption path earlier. But, I strongly believe that these technologies are the future of data centers in India and will help Indian IT industry to grow significantly with a paradigm shift in the way Data centers & associated businesses are defined today.
Pradeep R Apte, GM Systems, Blue Dart Express
CIOs are under heavy pressure to redefine operating models of their business and deliver innovative solutions. Organizations are now looking at emerging technologies as differentiators to deliver a competitive edge. Challenges are driven as per requirement, depth and sizing of the project. If the requirement fits into running data center, it is matter of adding capacity. In contrast, for a new requirement, it really is a mammoth task to get into full understanding of project with respect to scoping, infrastructure data sizing, network requirement, hardware requirement, licensing requirement, retention of data, and user connections.
Other challenges include shortlist and evolution of various vendors, hardware and POCs, agreements, overall procurement time, legal documentation. Last but not list the overall cost to start with can straight hit to the bottom line and ROI might be longer.
The number of applications, data center infrastructure, network complexity and operation cost is growing exponentially. Businesses today require agility in their operations that can only be delivered if IT resource provisioning is done at a rapid pace.
End users also have high expectations from their providers and will not hesitate to switch loyalties if high service levels are not maintained. Hence, the earlier approaches to infrastructure provisioning will no longer be sufficient. There is now a greater need for plug and play solution that reduces overall cost and bring the quicker synergy between technology and users effectively.
The Open Data Center is an end-to-end solution that will help enterprises in their journey into this new era of business.
The Open Data Center will use software defined principles encompassing compute, storage and network layers of the data center to deliver an agile solution for enterprises. The solution will be ready-to-use, ensuring that customers will save valuable time that would otherwise have been spent in implementation. It will also allow for customization and optimization as per user demand and delivers agility consistently.
While the Open Data Center holds immense potential, not all systems integrators will possess the necessary skills and capacity to integrate the required technology and build this solution. It will require a systems integrator with expertise in end to end implementation, a vast OEM partnership ecosystem and a robust delivery mechanism.
The era of agile enterprises is already here. Any organization that hopes to remain competitive in the rapidly evolving business landscape will have to embrace the Open Data Center principles.